Even after 4 years experience with it, I’m still not all that comfortable with the semester system. Fifteen week blocks just seem too long, with things inevitably starting to drag around week 6 or so.
It also makes the contrast with the summer term even more jarring. At Columbia, there are two summer sessions, each six weeks long. As a result, classes that normally met twice a week for 75 minutes now meet twice a week for 190 minutes. It’s a lot.
Still, it’s nice to have already finished one session and have started the second one on the first week of July. Hopefully this one goes as smoothly as the last. So far (today was the first class), so good.